Community Notes – The Mendocino Beacon


October exhibition at the gallery of the artist collective
Featuring the work of the late Betty Rack, who her daughter Mary said was inventive, curious and productive. Betty’s vigor and vitality did not go unnoticed and her philosophy revealed the large number of invigorating experiences she has had, making the connection between life and the content of her art realizable. His inspiration came from a celebration of nature and life. Rural landscapes, Western heritage, people and animals were her main focus, expressing what she felt and knew in a visual experience. Betty’s arts education includes: Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, WI; Layton Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Compton College, Compton, California; American River College, Sacramento, California; College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, California;

In addition to raising four children, Betty was an accomplished diver, avid gardener, longtime beekeeper after studying beekeeping at UC Davis, an author published for the Scottish Bee Journal, Kilmarnock, Scotland, and an author for US Glass. / Metal Glazing magazine about glassware from the Charles Schulz “Snoopy” Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. Her work is on display by her daughter Mary at the gallery this month. The gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 877-1128.

Update of the bell of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament
Many have noticed that the bell structure of the Catholic Church was dismantled a few weeks ago. According to Dorothy Cong, administrator and treasurer of the church, the structure was in a state of disrepair that could not be saved. The roof shingles were coming off and there were cracks in the masonry. The plan is not to rebuild the structure, but to alter the over 100 year old bell with new paint. Additionally, there will be new landscaping around the bell which is not grassy as it is impossible to control ground squirrels. When I asked about the history of the bell, Dorothy kindly reminded me that we had already had this discussion two years ago. As a reminder to me and all of you who may have forgotten it, here is the story according to Dorothy: “We always felt like the bell was coming out of the church in Cuffey’s Cove, St. Mary, Star of the Sea. However, according to a small out of print book titled North Coast Catholicism: St. Vincent’s and St. Anthony’s of Mendocino 1864-1931 by John M. McGuckin, Jr., the bell was purchased from WT Garrett & Co. in San Francois. It weighs 435 pounds and the initial cost was $ 136.65. So we have it, AGAIN!

Elk Featured In Navy Diaper Clothing Catalog
Flipping through a Marine Layer catalog that I received in my PO Box last week, I saw a very familiar sight! The old Oasis building was one of the sets in the San Francisco-based clothing company’s latest catalog. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that the photoshoot covered many places between here and Mendocino. A little fun to see our little village and its surroundings through the eyes of consumerism. We definitely “wear it well”!

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